Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata – The Ceremony
Pati Ka Du’a Baput Ata Mata is an annual ceremony held on the top of Mount Kelimutu. The event brings together the Lio and the Ende community and is to honour the ancestors of the tri-coloured crater lakes of Mount Kelimutu. With the ceremony, the Lio-Ende people show gratitude for the past years and pray for blessings in the coming year.
It is believed that Kelimutu Lake is a sacred place. When a soul or spirit dies, it is believed that they will go to the lake and stay there forever. It is their version of heaven and hell. Before entering the lake, it is said that the souls will meet the entrance guard, Queen Konde. According to age and deeds, the soul will go into of the lakes, segregated into parents, the young and those who did evil while on earth.
Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata begins with a 700 metres journey to the peak of the mountain on foot. During the journey the participants will be accompanied by traditional music. Once they reach the peak, they will present special food to the ancestors. The food consists of pork, brown rice, betal nut and moke which is a drink made from palm sugar. Prayers are offered and the ceremony will end with the Gwai Sodha Dance. After this the celebrations will continue in the Ende and Lio community. It is mandatory that all participants follow the Lio-Ende clothing guidelines. The men are wearing woven sarongs, batik and an itak, while the women wear ikat sarongs and traditional clothing.
The ceremony receives support from the local government because it has the potential to lift Lake Kelimutu to another level in terms of providing authentic experiences to tourists and visitors.
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